A Novel Portable Apparatus for Noninvasively Measuring Bone Density

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,952.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC07QA83P
Award Id:
83735
Agency Tracking Number:
060577
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6F Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
114584175
Principal Investigator:
HongzhiZhao
Principal Investigator
(781) 935-2800
hzhao@bostonati.com
Business Contact:
YingyinZou
Business Official
(781) 935-2800
Research Institute:
University of Florida

339 Weil Hall, P.O. Box 116550
Gainesville, FL, 32611 6500
(352) 392-9447
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The bone loss associated with extended space missions in astronaut represents a serious health threat, both over the flight period and upon returning to gravitational fields. Continuously monitoring bone qualities during prolonged space missions will lead to a better understanding of the progressive adaptation of bone loss in astronauts subject to both microgravity and aging, and the ensuing musculoskeletal complications such as osteoporosis. In this proposal, Boston Applied Technologies Incorporated (BATi), collaborated with University of Florida, proposes a portable and noninvasive ultrasound measurement apparatus for rapid assessment of human bone densities. With our unique approach and algorithm, the proposed device will have greater measurement accuracy and sensitivity than those of other noninvasive techniques. In addition, the self-calibration feature of the instrument will assure the diagnostic methodology to be accurate, fast, and simple.

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